Jo Mayne Casey

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I’m with the Wizard…

In Sonnystone Summer Spectacular on May 28, 2014 at 8:03 am


If you’re a reader, you love a good series as much as I do.  My son introduced me to The Dresden Files series a couple of years back.  They are fantasy/mystery type novels, written by Jim Butcher, starring a Wizard/private investigator of the supernatural named Harry Dresden.  He deals with all manner of vampires, werewolves, faeries, and humans, too, barely surviving multiple whupp-ass assaults.  When I started reading them, he had already written 13 and was about to come out with #14, so I had the luxury of reading them back to back.   Then, THud…

I’ve waited almost 2 years for this one (#15)  to be published, griping as they pushed back the date of release repeatedly.  When I saw that it was Really Really going to be released 5/27, I started reviewing the last 2 so I’d be ready to plunge in…

I waited, still reviewing, till last night and I figured I’d just go ahead and download it, just to look at it…  I was up until my eyelids could no longer be propped up and my hands kept dropping my kindle…

That’s the plan for today, folks….Reading Skin Games…  And there’s nothing better I could wish for you than that you have a good book to read, as well.  Enjoy!



Sonnystone Summer Spectacular

In Sonnystone Summer Spectacular on May 27, 2014 at 8:51 am

Good morning, Sonnystoners!!  We’re coming to you Live this morning from the back porch here at the Acres, where we are kicking off Summer Vacation 2014!

I’ve only got 72 days of summer this year (wha???  there were 81 days last year), so we’ll have to pack it full of fun and festivities.   We’ve got a new pool to play in;  the garden is already lush and fruiting;  the camper is open and freshly leveled. We’re going to be screening in our front porch in June;  if you react to mosquito bites like I do, you’ll understand what a thrill that will be!    July will again be the month that the New Yorkers will grace us with their presence,  and I’m fishing for some other celebrities to stop by.  There are various fests and concerts around town and we’ll be there.

I wish the energy I feel this morning would last all summer…Jumped out of bed!  You’d think that since I just had so much time off I’d be a little less excited, but I’m darn near 100% now and ready to roll.  I’ve already watered and done laundry, drank some coffee and spent a few minutes swinging.    Our Memorial Day Week-end was very productive and still left us time to relax and get a little sun.   The weather was perfect and we’ve got some of the same on its way the rest of the week.

I’ll be blogging daily, whether here or at the garden blog, so follow me as we Swing through Summer at Sonnystone…

simple pleasures



Working on my selfie…

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2014 at 11:26 am

Yesterday at Class Day, the kids helped me improve my selfie-taking.  Seems it involves particular placement of the arm, and an arrangement of craniums along with open-eyes and other particulars that just come naturally to teenagers.    I don’t really miss kids, as every year I’m provided with a fresh group, but there are many who I never forget.  Some of them are in these pics…

And that’s a wrap for school-year 2013-14…

Directions to Sesame Street

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2014 at 8:16 am

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

Evidently my daughter can… (shh…it’s very near the Metropolitan Opera House).  She and her daughters were taped for upcoming Sesame Street episodes:  Emma dances an Irish Jig;  Melissa and Eliza demonstrate “skin” as Mel puts a band-aid on Eliza’s skinned knee;  Emma and Eliza demonstrate “jump”;  and several more short sketches that they’ll mix for the fall season.

I’m just thrilled about this news, but also verry nostalgic.   It’s just that…well, let me take you back to Melissa’s early childhood.  I was a single mom, working as a waitress (not at a cocktail bar, though, ’cause honey you can get your own damn drink).  At the particular time I’m remembering, Melissa was going to pre-school/daycare at Evansville Christian School and we were living over in Carriage House Apartments.  I’d work the 11-2 lunch shift, pick Melissa up from daycare, and a group of friends would meet up over at our apartment to watch Sesame Street at 3.  It was original cast, with adults like Luis, Buffy, Mr. Hooper, Gordon and the Most Amazing Muppets–Kermit, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, The Count, and my especial favorite:  Grover, in all of his incarnations.

We’ve come a long way, baby.  Now my daughter lives in Manhattan, raising beautiful girls and singing for her supper, living her dream…   And I just think back to the days of Jim Henson and those long-ago days when he and Frank Oz and all the other muppeteers at the Children’s Television Workshop created a place where every child felt at home, where  you  were encouraged to do your own thing and still be part of the neighborhood, where an imaginary friend could turn out to be real.

Here’s The Quintessential Grover the Waiter episode, if you have time to watch…

Pictures from Olivia’s Recital

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Saturday evening we enjoyed watching all the kids dance their little hearts out at the Shannon’s School of Dance Recital.     Our middle grand-daughter, Olivia, did a great job dancing to “foxy little disco girl”.

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blogging block…

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2014 at 10:11 am

I’m looking forward to getting back to work next Monday.  Our last day of school here is 5/23, so I’ll just breeze in to say good-bye to the graduates, finish up the final paperwork, and pack up my office.  I am still having some pains/problems, but I do think I can manage those 5 days.

I enjoy spending time alone, reading, listening to music, writing.   I’ve filled the last 3 weeks with Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, Matthew Quick, Erle Stanley Gardner, and deeper moments with Reza Aslan, Jane Schaberg, and The Bible.   I’ve had daily sing-alongs with the likes of John Prine, Lyle Lovett, The Dead, The Beatles, and Gregg Allman.  I’ve even caught up on my Netflix watchlist, but I’ve not been able to write, not even a draft.  Though my conscience has berated me without mercy,  my fingers have been sulkily refusing to touch the keyboard.

I think I know why:  I started Blogging 101 at wordpress on 4/15.  I guess I didn’t realize that it was going to be about meeting people, making some new friends, like a class…yes, Exactly like a class.   I have made a few comments and am following some really cool blogs, but the introvert in me immediately shut down the social interaction with its shrill, “don’t go in there”.  There’s some insecurity involved, of course, since  many blogs are better than mine and most are more popular.  There are many lessons I have to learn…it’s just that I don’t want to have to actually “talk”, if you know what I mean.

I don’t always get recognized as an introvert because I am not shy.  I always just thought I was weird, but I read Susan Cain’s “the Power of Introversion” and found out there are a lot of us with similar personalities.   Maybe you’re one, too…


Today was the final day of the class…  I finally feel like I can write;  in fact, I have actually written this post and I’ve edited some pictures to post over at the garden blog.   Hmmm….



Whatever…I’m back..!



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